We Can Make A Difference
A Note from Brian Knapp - Church Council Chair
On January 7, 2018, we will begin our church-wide “WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE” sermon series and generosity initiative for 2018. As your Church Council chair, I am excited about this initiative, and I hope you will be as well. Our church believes faithful discipleship includes habits of generosity, which is based on two beliefs. The first belief is that, as followers of Jesus, we are uniquely made and made to make an impact. The best Christian generosity is built on how are we made different and what the difference is we are made to make. Our financial giving is a change agent for God. Our second fundamental belief is that people give to people, and people give like people. In other words, good givers are created only when we have both an invitation from and the example of other good givers. The more personal and personalized we make the invitation to give, the more effective. Therefore, the heart of WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE will be you and me sharing with each other the personal practices that help us give like God intends we give. Specifically, we will be personally asking each other to initiate a fresh pattern of systematic giving by starting to give $1.00 per week for every $1,000 of annual income. For people who already give, we are asking for you to look at growing your giving this year. Your Church Council’s hope for each person in our church is that this January initiative will strongly influence each of us to grow consistently in the area of generosity so that each of us may truly become the person God intended. By Friday, January 12, we hope to have all our Commitment Cards distributed throughout our church family for the dedication services on DECISION SUNDAY, February 4, 2018. I believe that Lufkin desperately needs - and Jesus Christ certainly deserves - a vibrantly strong First United Methodist Church. Our “WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE” ministry is the best first step I know of to move toward that vision, and I ask you to join me in making a difference.
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Sunday, February 4, 2018